Mayor, Governor Keep Their Distance at Somos El Futuro Conference
The mayor and governor seemed to take elements of their ongoing feud with them to San Juan for the Somos El Futuro conference. Zack Fink filed the following report.
At the Somos conference, the mayor and the governor kept their distance - not from the issues at hand, but from each other.
One of the only elected officials to appear with both leaders was City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who has been trying to focus all New Yorkers on the Puerto Rican debt crisis.
"I'm very proud to be here," the Council speaker said. "It is an unfortunate situation we are here."
Some politicians appear to be in either the de Blasio camp or the Cuomo camp. Others have tried to stay neutral.
Marcos Crespo is the new chair of the Somos El Futuro conference.
"Very excited about the turnout at this conference," Crespo said. "Very excited about the participation of the governor, the mayor, the speaker, the City Council speaker. So many leaders that are here. Republicans and Democrats alike who understand this is a humanitarian crisis that needs attention."
Speaking to Reporters Thursday, Cuomo downplayed his feud with de Blasio, even though they were both in Puerto Rico to discuss debt, but failed to hold any joint events.
"The relationship is good," the governor said. "You guys love to talk about the soap opera of a relationship, and you are looking for drama in a relationship."
Cuomo and de Blasio have been publicly at odds since this past summer, when de Blasio aired his grievences against Cuomo in an interview.
The mayor was asked again Friday whether he and the governor have a good working relationship.
"I want to just push back the notion that it's about relationships, quote unquote," de Blasio said. "I think it's about work. I think we did some really good work on the MTA and got to a good result, but it was a lot of give and take."
While both men downplay the significance of their ongoing quarrel, Cuomo offered some veiled criticism of de Blasio for initially witholding his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president.
"I thought the decision was a no-brainer, so to speak. I endorsed her very early on," Cuomo said. "But everyone can make their own decision."
After holding out for six months, de Blasio finally endorsed Clinton last Friday.